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The Certosa di Pavia is a monastery and complex in Lombardy, northern Italy, situated near a small town of the same name in the Province of Pavia, 8 km north of Pavia. Built in 1396-1495, it was once located on the border of a large hunting park belonging to the Visconti family of Milan, of which today only scattered parts remain. It is one of the largest monasteries in Italy.

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Certosa di Pavia1

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  2. 2. The Certosa di Pavia is a monasteryand complex in Lombardy, northernItaly, situated near a small town of thesame name in the Province of Pavia,8 km north of Pavia.Built in 1396-1495, it was once locatedon the border of a large hunting parkbelonging to the Visconti family ofMilan, of which today only scatteredparts remain. It is one of the largestmonasteries in Italy.Certosa is the Italian name for a houseof the cloistered monastic order ofCarthusians founded by St. Bruno in1044 at Grande Chartreuse. Thoughthe Carthusians in their early centurieswere known for their seclusion andasceticism and the plainness of theirarchitecture, the Certosa is renownedfor the exuberance of its architecture, inboth the Gothic and Renaissancestyles, and for its collection of artworkswhich are particularly representative ofthe region.
  3. 3. The entrance
  4. 4. The entrance
  5. 5. The entrance
  6. 6. The façade of thechurch is famous for itsexuberant decorations,typical of Lombardarchitecture, every partbeing decorated withreliefs, inlaid marbleand statues. Sculptorswho worked on itinclude CristoforoMantegazza andGiovanni AntonioAmadeo himself. Inaddition to appliedsculpture, the facadeitself has a richsculptural qualitybecause of thecontrast between richlytextured surfaces,projecting buttresses,horizontal courses andarched openings,some of which areshadowed, while thosein the small belfries areopen to the sky.
  7. 7. Gian GaleazzoVisconti,hereditary lordand first Duke ofMilan,commissionedthe building ofthe Certosa tothe architectMarco Solari,inaugurating theworks and layingthe foundationstone on August27, 1396, asrecorded by abas-relief on thefacade. Thelocation wasstrategicallychosen midwaybetween Milanand Pavia, thesecond city ofthe Duchy,where the Dukeheld his court.
  8. 8. The churchwas designedas a grandstructure witha nave andtwo aisles, atype unusualfor theCarthusianOrder.
  9. 9. The church was consecratedon May 3, 1497. The lowerpart of the façade was notcompleted until 1507.
  10. 10. Details fromthe lower partof the façade
  11. 11. Detailsfrom thelower partof thefaçade
  12. 12. Detailsfromthelowerpart ofthefaçade
  13. 13. Details from the lower part of the façade
  14. 14. La fondazione della Certosa di PaviaMarble, detail of ornamental bas-relief façadeabout 1494-1497
  15. 15. La fondazionedella Certosa diPaviaMarble, detailof ornamentalbas-relieffaçade about1494-1497
  16. 16. details ofornamentalbas-relief
  17. 17. details ofornamentalbas-relief
  18. 18. The church, the last edifice of thecomplex to be built, was to be thefamily mausoleum of the Visconti.
  19. 19. Tomb of Ludovico il Moro and Beatrice dEste by Cristoforo Solari.
  20. 20. The coat of arms of the Visconti family, showing a snake swallowing a Saracen (Arab).Tomb of Ludovico Sforza (The Moor), 7th Duke of Milan (1452 -1508)), and hiswife Beatrice dEste on the North side of the transept
  21. 21. Text: InternetPictures: Internet & Melinda HorvatCopyright: All the images belong to their authorsPresentation: Sanda Foi oreanuş Gioachino Rossini - Messa di Gloria - Domine Deus